University of Exeter funding: PhD Studentship Arab and Islamic St

Al-Qasimi PhD Studentships in Arab and Islamic Studies, Islamic Studies, Middle East Politics and Palestine Studies. Ref: 3844

About the award

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is seeking applications for up to three PhD studentships for excellent doctoral students (international and UK/EU) whose area of specialisation fits and complements the research interests of our academics. We are looking for PhD proposals in humanities and social sciences with reference to the Middle East and the Islamic world. This can cover Political Science, International Relations, History, Anthropology, Literature, Islamic Studies, Gender Studies, Archaeology and other relevant fields.

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS) at Exeter is the leading centre of excellence for research in Middle East, Arab and Islamic Studies in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1999 to consolidate existing strengths in the study of the Greater Middle East, the Muslim-majority world, and Islam.

The Institute has the strongest REF2014 results of any Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department in the UK submitted to the Area Studies Panel, and they establish Exeter as the leader in the field in terms of research quality, impact and environment.

For more information and informal enquiries, please contact Dr Ross Porter (

** Deadline Extended to 8th April. All interviews for successful candidates will now take place online **


Entry requirements

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or International equivalent, in any relevant humanities or social sciences subject area and will ideally hold or currently be working towards a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent, in a relevant humanities or social science subject.

Applicants must not already be enrolled on a PhD programme.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

Residency Entry Requirements:

UK/EU and international:

This studentship, including full tuition fees and maintenance allowance, is available to UK/EU and international candidates.

Applicants with refugee status are especially welcome to apply.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload:

• A detailed CV

• A covering letter outlining your academic interests, any prior research experience and reasons for wishing to do a PhD in the context of the research interests of the Institute.

• A research proposal (maximum 2,000 words, excluding bibliography). Please note that you are expected to illustrate your knowledge and understanding of the issues and/or the research process and explain why you are suitable, given your skills and disciplinary background, to achieve this research project within three years.

• One research paper of your choice (e.g. your BA or MA dissertation, a seminar paper) that demonstrates your methodological skills – please upload in the research proposal section in one document together with your research proposal (it is not possible to upload separate documents).

• Transcript of your highest qualification to date or an interim transcript if you are still studying.

• Details of two academic referees.

• And, if relevant, proof of your English language proficiency, by 8th April 2020. You will also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

All application documents must be submitted in English. Certified translated copies of academic qualifications must also be provided.

You must ensure that your referees email their references to by 8th April 2020.

Please note that we will not be contacting referees to request references, you must arrange for them to be submitted to us by the deadline. References should be submitted by your referees to us directly in the form of a letter. Referees must email their references to us from their institutional email accounts. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts, unless it is a scanned document on institutional headed paper and signed by the referee.

Interviews will be held at the Streatham Campus in early May 2020.

Please quote reference 3844 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

For general information about this studentship and the application process, please contact


Application deadline:8th April 2020
Number of awards:3
Value:UK/EU or international tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 (for 2019/20 entry) per year
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions - +44 (0) 1392 723044